Florida first responders with PTSD now eligible for workers’ compensation benefits
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At present, first responders in Florida are eligible for medical insurance under workers’ compensation. However, if they are unable to work owing to job-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they don’t get lost wages. But now things are going to change – the recent approval of bill SB 376 by the Florida Legislature talks of covering […]

Firefighters in US struggling with mental health issues, finds survey
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Firefighters’ duties are among the toughest to follow. Witnessing destruction and loss of lives on a regular basis adversely affects their mental and emotional health. Now, a new survey gives insight into the daily challenges faced by members of this community. According to the survey by NBC-owned stations, in partnership with the International Association of […]

Reducing depression with guided imagery
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With doctors relying on the imagery techniques to help post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients recover, it has now been found that the procedure could also be useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. The method entails the patient to replace negative mental images with positive ones and deal more effectively with negative emotions. […]

Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week: Bully targets at risk of suffering from PTSD
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The effects of workplace bullying are immense and adverse. The abusive conduct can have serious repercussions, if allowed to go on unchecked. The bullying behavior affects an individual’s mental health and sense of well-being. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), roughly 80 percent victims of bullying exhibit debilitating anxiety. Besides, nearly 52 percent people […]

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Day: Sexual assault victims prone to PTSD
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While rape is in itself a painful experience, memories of the incident are more harrowing if the perpetrators of such a shameful crime are known individuals or belong to the victim’s family. Children and teenagers are more vulnerable to incest crimes. The resulting trauma leaves behind a trail of fear and pain that worsens over […]

Natural disasters and mental health: Hurricanes can raise risk of PTSD, addiction
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John (name changed) was in a state of shock when he saw the large-scale devastation that Hurricane Irma had caused to his home and neighborhood. He had just joined a therapy center in Florida to recover from the emotional numbness and distressing recollections of certain traumatic experiences that had also resulted in him developing an […]

PTSD can be diagnosed with blood test, finds study
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Unrelieved stress or fearful feelings due to trauma can cause some people to suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As more and more people are grappling with PTSD across the globe, increasing number of researchers are busy looking for new and effective ways of treating the disorder that affects nearly 3.5 percent of […]

Living with PTSD: How to help someone you love overcome trauma
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Love is blind, they say. Before falling in love with someone, a person normally doesn’t do a background check – be it for one’s social or financial status or for overall health. Life can be full of surprises – some pleasant and some unpleasant. To find it later in life that one’s love is suffering […]

PTSD Awareness Month: Top 5 silent signs of PTSD
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A severe mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) usually the result of experiencing a shocking or life-threatening event such as a serious accident, physical assault or natural disaster. Some of the common symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, panic attacks and uncontrollable thoughts. People with PTSD may become emotionally numb, aggressive or irritable. […]

Army should consider PTSD in discharge decisions, says lawsuit
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A federal lawsuit has claimed that the U.S. Army issued less-than-honorable discharges to thousands of servicemen without sufficient consideration of their mental health conditions. In the lawsuit filed on April 17, 2017, two veterans from Connecticut – Stephen Kennedy and Alicia Carson, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – alleged that they were unlawfully denied […]

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